I Would Like to Celebrate Christmas with Nina Grewal but…

Posted: December 22, 2012 in The Gospel
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I watched with amusement and wonder as Nina Grewal reached into her pocket and pulled out a goody bag full of tolerance, political correctness and multiculturalism and then tossed it in front of Christians, and most of us devoured her words like dogs devouring chicken bones with very little discernment of what it was we were eating.  I admit that at first I cheered…but then something didn’t feel quite right…and it was not all the extra sugar and carbs I have been eating lately…so I watched it again.
When she stated that it is “truly wonderful that all faiths can celebrate openly here in Canada.” I admittedly thanked God that as Christians we can practice our faith freely (for the most part). Then she said this, “We…rob Christians of the true meaning of Christmas…” Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Hang on one sec. Please explain to me how society has robbed us of the true meaning of Christmas? Simply because most people see it as a time to indulge in materialism, gluttony, drunkenness and a few days off of work does not mean that I been robbed of anything. It does not offend me when someone says “Happy Holidays,” just as it does not offend me when that same person does not come to church with me on Sunday and instead goes grocery shopping. I am not robbed of the true meaning of the Lord’s Day because the majority of the world sees it as just another day. Nina Grewal, do you really know the “True Meaning” of Christmas as you seem to think you do? I suspect her answer would be that Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Sure that might be partially correct, but it hardly gets to the “true meaning.”

I saw a lot of my Christian “Facebook” friends circulating the video of Ms. Grewal and cheering as if we had won some victory… “ Merry Christmas!”  “Keep Christ in Christmas!” they exclaimed…So I sat back and watched with wonderment. Now that a week or so has passed and the fervour calmed, I feel I can weigh in: I doubt that any battle has been won because of this.

Most Christians do not even know the true meaning of Christmas, so how can Ms Grewal ” join with me in celebrating Christmas” if she does not even believe the basic tenants of my faith? Simply saying, “Merry Christmas” is not joining me in celebrating.
Without trying to offend Ms. Grewal, this video appears to me to be a very subtle trick of Satan as he moves our focus off of Christ to silly battles like keeping “Christ” in Christ-mas. Imagine how happy he is that we have the victory of “Christmas.” As long as we only cheer what Ms. Grewal says, but don’t actually share the gospel with her. Satan wants us to simply smile at our perceived victory and feel good that we are not persecuted in this country… and then forget what our faith is about.

 Rev. Michael Horton, from the United Reformed Church, tried his hand at penning another chapter or two of the famous Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis. In Rev. Horton’s edition the demon is telling his protégé how to win a battle at Christmas.  I thought this was fitting here:

… You have to shift their habits of thinking from the more serious to the more trivial (without blowing your cover and provoking the opposite reaction). Affirm the second-best thing against the first-best, then the third-best against the second-best, and so on. Here’s what I mean. …

First, encourage them to take their faith for granted, by relying on what others believe….

Second, now that they have begun to take it all for granted and wear it lightly, affirm the importance of spirituality, feeling, and doing good to others. …

Third, now they’ll be ripe for an outright offensive strategy on your part. …

For example, make them deeply concerned to celebrate Christmas and Easter as cultural holidays. They really love Christmas. Puff the holiday, but add in all sort of other things that make it sentimental rather than serious. They can still have the trappings; the important thing at this stage is that they let go of what it meant. Maybe they’ll start thinking of the Enemy’s so-called “achievements” no longer as an announcement but as a philosophy for living, cultural values, and that sort of thing. Just get it out of the sphere of “Good News,” as some of them still call it. Again, there should be plenty of resources near at hand for you to use—especially look for ones that they produce themselves!

Read the entire article posted on the White horse Inn Here

Now. With all that said, I certainly do appreciate that we keep calling it Christmas. So for that I am thankful that Ms. Grewal said what she said. I am a sentimental kind of guy, even if it does not come across on a blog. But calling this day “Christmas” is not what is of utmost importance. If anyone would wish to join me in “celebrating Christmas,” yes even Nina Grewal, I would gladly celebrate with you that you have been brought of darkness by the light of world, if that is actually the case.  If not then please let me share the gospel with you.

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So, since I would love to celebrate with you, let me share with you what Christmas means to me. I cannot do it justice in a blog, but here it is in a nutshell:

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word of God. Scripture teaches that the Word of God is active in all things from creation to redemption and everything else. Scripture tells us:

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

Adam was our first mediator before God, and he failed miserably. Since Adam was our mediator he plunged the entire human race into sin when he failed. We are all sinful. Adam’s failure was corrected by the perfect victory of Jesus Christ. In Corinthians we read:

“And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man”

The Word of God, that is Jesus the Christ, took upon Himself a human nature. The Word became flesh to effect our redemption by fulfilling the role of the perfect Mediator between God and man. Jesus is the new Adam, the perfect Adam, He is our champion, our king, our representative before God, who completely fulfilled all the demands of God’s law for us and wins for us the blessing that God promised to us if we would obey His law. Like Adam, we failed to obey the Law, but the new Adam, our Mediator, Jesus, the Christ, has obeyed God’s Law perfectly for us, by living a sinless life and bearing upon himself the wrath and punishment that was intended for us. In all this He won for us the crown of redemption if we would repent of our sins and believe that Jesus has in fact redeemed us and restored us to a right relationship with God.

That is the real meaning of Christmas. So if any of you are not sure of all this, or if you want to celebrate that with me, or if you want to know more, please let me know.

Merry Christmas!

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Comments
  1. Joyce Hendricks says:

    Merry Christmas Ryan. Enjoy your break and thanks for all the thought provoking words this year.

  2. Nicole says:

    Well, I hope you are writing the above to Nina Grewal personally.

    Given the history of the politically correct idiots in our culture who have for years strived to take the word CHRISTMAS out of the public sector ….I for one am super happy that someone from another faith had the guts to stand up in front of the public sector and tell the public sector/govt off. Sure, they may not truly understand the true meaning of Christmas. They never did. BUT — you can bet your bee-hind that they do know it’s about CHRIST. And so to remove the Christian word “CHRIST” out of CHRISTMAS – as a way to be inclusive to all other faiths, the public sector/govt has done away with Merry Christmas in favour of Happy Holidays and Seasons Greeitings —- taken away Christmas tree in favour of holiday tree etc ……… heck ya, I am glad someone stood up and said something! This is a prime example of tolerance for all except Christians. The word CHRIST is what offends them, not Christmas. And so yes …. hats off to Nina Grewal. and Merry Christmas! :-)

    • Thanks for the comment Nicole. I stand by my argument that what Ms Grewal is purely agenda driven, politically correct drivel and nothing more. My point is that we should not be offended when the world wants to remove Christ out of Christmas. It is nothing new. They want to have a a day off without the religion attached to it, just like everything else. The whole point of this is that no one, not government, not Satan, not other religions, not jail, nor persecution nor death, nor anything can “rob” us of our faith in Christ Jesus. The true meaning of Christmas is not lost because some non Christians said so…

      • Tim Denbok says:

        Absolutely Ryan (or do I call you Dad?) :) But what Nicole points out is that it took guts, style and risk for Nina Grewal to stand up in front of Parliament and do what she did. That’s not her constituency she is representing there, you can bet on that. Her accent is so thick you could slice it with a breadknife. So, politically, I don’t understand what her ‘agenda’ could possibly be, and it certainly wasn’t ‘politically correct’ at all. It was her standing up for another faith. Give the lady some credit. The only way Nina’s little speech could be coloured by politics is if someone uncovered that the Tory caucus or the PM! asked her to deliver it – even if she believed what she said anyways. That would be stinky. But I doubt that very, very much.
        Merry Christmas Ryan. And here is what Dr. deVisser of the CanRef Seminary had to say at Streetlight Christian church tonight:
        Worship the Jesus of 2012 AD at Christmas. The risen Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father, [who will reign until He has put all his enemies under his feet.] Now that – truly – was a perspective I have NEVER heard before. Makes Nina Grewal look like a blithering idiot. Anyways. Blessings for the season.
        Tim

    • Merry Christmas Nicole. :)

  3. Yvonne says:

    Merry Christmas, Ryan! I was intrigued by your classification of Adam as our first mediator before God. I don’t think I have ever considered him in this position before. Is this based on Romans 5 or 1 Corinthians 15?
    Thanks, Yvonne

    • Hi Yvonne, Merry Christmas! Adam functioned like a mediator or covenant head before God. When he sinned the entire human race was plunged into sin and brokenness. In Romans 5 15, we read, “For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.” Here we see the contrast between the death that came upon us because of the disobedience of Adam and the glory and life that comes to believers because of Christ’s obedience.

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